Sanchez Makes His Pick

Michael Sanchez doesn't need any more time. He's off the board as of Monday night when the big fella pulled the trigger for his in-state program.

The Arkansas Razorbacks not only kept one of their own in-state, they added a key piece to their spring recruiting puzzle. Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber power forward Michael Sanchez, a healthy 6-foot-8 insider, picked the program after considering Wake Forest, Kentucky and Colorado.

"I'm going to be a Razorback for the next four years," Sanchez said. "As of last month, I was committed to Findley Prep. I was sure I was going and then playing with the Arkansas Hawks, being able to play like I have … God has blessed me and opened up some doors for me."

Last weekend, Sanchez tripped to Boulder and was slated to see Lexington this weekend. The Hogs, sensing what a trip to UK could do to the situation, moved swiftly as they have since John Pelphrey took the reigns of the program.

"Whenever Coach Heath left, Coach Pelphrey came a day after he got the job. He recruited me hard since then. Whenever he could be there he was there."

The commitment to an SEC power has to feel good for a young man who endured so much during the past year. A radical form of rehabilitation was prescribed to help get his knee back into shape and it worked. After missing last summer, Sanchez turned a solid senior season into a spectacular spring encore and the next thing you know he's back in the big time mix.

"The last year sucked playing. My knees hurt so bad and no one knew how bad I hurt. It was hard to do what I loved to do. Now I'm myself. My knees are healed. I can jump for boards and not have to worry about hitting the floor. I'm pain free and I can train and workout all the time."

Three years ago most figured Sanchez to be a Hog. After a high school career that was nearly derailed by a knee injured he's back on course and headed for Fayetteville.

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